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>> they did nothing to deserve this. >> what transformed this high school honor student, into a cold-blooded killer? and brand-new details from the hero teachers who saved so many young lives with their quick thinking. >> we were completely barricaded in. >> i thought we were all going to die. and such a sad morning here in newtown, connecticut. i'm joined by elizabeth vargas in new york. and right behind me, the sandy hook firehouse, where moms and dads came to learn about their children. many sleeping her through the night. and this headline from "the hartford courant" says it all. here's what we know right now. the shooter, adam lanza, 20 years old. he also shot his mother before
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coming to the school. the bodies of the children slain were still in the school. and families were notified overnight. the names will be released this morning. you're going to look at stills from the vigil right here in sandty hook last night. a scene of so much unimaginable grief. there they are right there. the families, the communities coming together to pray for their children, those who were lost to remember them. try and comprehend what happened here in newtown, connecticut. my "gma weekend" colleague, dan harris, has been here from the beginning, covering this tragedy. and you watched it unfold through the day yesterday. >> we did. george, just when you thought the mass shootings, just when you thought they wouldn't get worse or more shocking, along comes adam lanza, who began his day by killing his mother, and ended it by storming that school. and of all the people he shot, there was only one survivor. 9:40 a.m., reports of gunfire at sandy hook elementary.
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>> sandy hook school. caller is indicating that she thinks there's a shooter in the building. >> reporter: adam lanza wore a bullet-proof vest and was carrying three semiautomatic weapons including a rifle. >> i felt a little sick. >> reporter: within five to ten minutes, the first s.w.a.t. teams arrive. >> i need units in the school. i got bodies here. >> reporter: officers helped teachers lead several hundred students to a nearby firestation. >> when the policemen came in to get us, he told us to close our eyes. and like on the picture on the news, do this. >> reporter: at 10:30 a.m., president obama was briefed on the situation, as police discovered a second crime scene. lanza's mother was found dead. police say adam lanza shot her before he stormed the school.
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around noon, abc news learned that lanza had killed 27 people, most of them children, before turning the gun on himself. shortly after 3:00, the president addressed the nation. >> i know there's not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful, little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. >> reporter: by 7:00 p.m., this little town had settled into an all-too familiar post-massacre routine, with prayer vigils. >> may god bless the adults who lost their lives today. >> reporter: overnight, police engaged in the horrifying work of identifying the bodies and then notifying the families. now, the big question in this investigation is why? what was the suspect's motive?
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george, if past is prologue, we may get an answer. but it will be deeply unsatisfying. let's get more from elizabeth in new york. >> all of the questions, now, about that shooter. 20-year-old adam lanza. and new details are emerging about him this morning. authorities are now interviewing his family and his friends, trying to piece together what may have pushed him so far over the edge. abc's brian ross joins us now with the latest on that part of the story. brian, any answers seem unsatisfying as dan just put it. >> reporter: he was armed to the teeth with high-powered weapons, that authorities say were legally obtained by someone in his family. and in an hour, adam lanza went from obscurity to infamy. authorities overnight were questioning family members of the 20-year-old killer. a man believed to be adam's older brother, ryan, left a new jersey police station, as authorities sought to figure out what turned the youngest member of the lanza family into a madman. >> we'll go backwards as far as we have to go in this
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investigation. and hopefully we'll stumble on answers. >> reporter: federal agents they say recovered two high-powered pistols from the scene, and a semiautomatic rifle, called a bush master, similar to this one. both adams mother and father were licensed to own such weapons, according to federal agents. >> these crimes involve planning and thoughtfulness and strategizing, in order to put the plan together. so, what may appear to be snap behavior, is not that at all. >> reporter: even before the shooting, adam lanza, seen here in a photo taken seven years ago, was known in the neighborhood as a troubled child, with an overbearing mother. >> my son played with him when they were young. and in her home, i know she was very particular. i just think she maybe had too high of standards or something. >> reporter: adam's first victim was his mother, nancy, killed at the family home, according to police. only then did he head across
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town to the elementary school, where authorities said his mother once served as a volunteer or a teacher's aide. >> the children didn't harm him. but they were associated with his mother. and i mother, i believe, may be real focus of all of this. >> reporter: the guns used in the attack, according to police, are extremely popular and common, elizabeth, among people in this country who do own guns. >> all right. we'll hear more about that, brian. we're going to turn, now, from the focus on the suspect to the focus on the families. george has more on that. george? >> thanks, elizabeth. i'm here with lieutenant paul vance of state police here in connecticut. keeping people informed all through the day yesterday. we learned overnight that you were able to notify all of the families. >> our detectives made it a priority to, in fact, identify all of the deceased victims, the children, and the adults, within the facility. >> and what more have you been able to learn about adam lanza? why and how he did this?
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>> this is something that's going to take a significant amount of time. we have teams peeling the onion back, so to speak. we have many, many questions we need to ask and we need to explore. >> three guns found on-site. >> we haven't discussed that as of yet. in excess of three guns. >> more than three guns. we know also that the guns match guns that his mother may have had. have you been able to put that together yet? >> i don't have that information specifically. >> do you know if they were obtained legally. >> that is something we would also explore in the investigation. >> how about how adam lanza got into the school. there were some reports that the principal may have buzzed him in. >> i think that's significantly premature. we do have a pretty good idea how entrance was obtained. we have an adult witness that was wounded that survived, who will be invaluable to us. >> why this school? >> we do have some background information, that there was a
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connection to the school. the specific connection, i'd rather not divulge and get into right now. there's a lot of discussion out there. >> his mom may have been a teacher there at some point? >> for our purposes, it's better we explore that confidently for a little while longer. >> i know you've spoken both to his brother and his father overnight. what were you able to learn from them? >> we've been working with law enforcement agencies from other states, who are working with us on this case, to assist us. and they have extracted and obtained information that was critical to our investigation. >> any indication that he had threatened to kill before? >> there is no indication that surfaced immediately. there's none whatsoever. >> are you confident that he actact ed absolutely alone? >> yeah. >> lieutenant vance, thank you for your time. as we just heard, the names of the victims will be released later this morning, including
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all those children. praying for them last night, this community, hundreds packed into churches. we're going to go to amy robach who has more on the victims. you were at the hospital all day yesterday. >> it has been a difficult scene for everyone involved, from the first responders to the firefighters. it's almost impossible to imagine the horrific reality that so many people are waking up to this morning. that what happened here less than 24 hours ago, actually happened. and this morning, we are learning more about the teachers and the children inside that school, who so tragically lost their lives. distraught family and friends came together to mourn, to cry and to remember the 27 lives lost here in newtown, connecticut. >> i'm so sorry. >> reporter: overnight, we learned from those lost, among them, 47-year-old dawn. and victy soto, a first grade
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teacher, whose first instinct was to protect her students, throwing herself in the line of fire. 20 of 27 victims were students at sandy hook elementary. 20 children. and now, 20 families mourn precious lives lost too soon. >> this scouring event, will be with us and them for years and years to come. >> reporter: and across the country, america mourns. as parents try to explain how a nightmare became a reality. you know, your child does not have have to been at the scene of this tragedy to be traumatized. seeing or hearing the images on the screen are traumatic enough. if you have an older child, make sure you're talking to them about how they're feeling. george? >> okay, amy, thanks. i'm here, now, with james willsie, the cousin of another victim and a hero, vicki soto, a
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teacher at the school. i'm so sorry for your loss. your cousin, from what we know, did everything she could to save the lives of some kids. >> yes. from what we've been told, my cousin, vicki, and her first grade classroom, took her students and huddled them into a closet. and then, shielded the children in the closet, trying to protect them from bullets. >> put herself between the gunman and the kids. >> yes. she's definitely a hero. her life dream was to be a teacher. and her instincts kicked in. and protected her children from the harm that was coming. i'm sure she heard what was going on. and went into lockdown mode. took her kids, put them in the closet. and by doing so, she lost her life protecting those little ones. >> what have you been able to learn from the police or others on the scene? >> just that she was a hero. the way that she was found,
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huddled over her children. her students protecting them. you know, doing instinctively what she knew would be the right thing to do. >> and she'll always be remembered as a hero. what else do you want people to know about your cousin? >> i was proud to know her. and i know that her mom and dad have peace knowing the way vicki was taken from us tragically, protecting the children. her life dream was to be a teacher. and she was all about molding those young minds. >> so, she loved it. >> it's what she loved to do. and knowing that unfortunately she lost her life. but knowing the way she lost it. we're proud to call her family. and that she was a hero. trying to protect those children. >> all our thoughts and all our prayers this morning. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. vicki soto a hero.
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i want to go to josh elliott who has the stories of so many who did the right thing in the hardest circumstances. josh? >> i'm standing outside a church where all those lost yesterday were remembered. and they will now be permanent scars for this community. but to your point, there are so many inspiring tales of heroism, for all of those teachers who put their own safety at risk, to protect their students, to the students themselves. so composed in the face of such unimaginable horror. here are their stories. amid the anguish and tragedy and agony of the shooting at sandy hook elementary, were incredible acts of heroism. >> i thought we were all going to die. >> reporter: first grade teacher kaitlin roig told diane sawyer, she put her class in a bathroom. >> we have to be absolutely quiet. there are bad guys out there now. we have to wait for the good guys. >> reporter: down the hall, the
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third grade class heard the gunshots over the school's intercom. >> she locked the door. and put a piece of white tape over the window of the door. and she told us to go in the corner. >> reporter: pregnant and due with a baby any day, she tried to keep her class calm. >> we kept hearing gun noises. and put your hands up. and we just kept hearing that. >> reporter: what is she saying to you? >> she is just saying, it's going to be okay. just be quiet. >> reporter: were your friends and classmates doing at this point? >> we were in the corner, all crouched in. and all the girls were trying. a couple of boys. and the boys were like, they had their eyes wide-open, watching everything. >> did you hear your principal say anything? >> yeah. she was crying. and i thought she was screaming. that's what we heard over the loud speaker. we heard kids crying. >> reporter: while parents rushed to the school, desperate
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to find their children. as a parent, what must those moments have been like? it's horrifying. you always worry about your kids. but it's something that you can never think would actually ever happen. you never really are prepared. >> reporter: do you worry about going back to school? >> yeah. i don't want to. >> reporter: what do you want to say to her? >> i want to thank you for saving my life. there are 19 people in our class. and she saved all of us. >> now, there were so many discussions on social media yesterday, about the proprietity of talking to the children of this tragedy. as our dr. besser says about a tragedy such as this, it's more important to know your child. and to that end, little tori's parents wanted her to talk about
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this. and one final note of heroism, dawn hochsprung, the principal that was killed in the attack, did manage to turn on the intercom before that happened. it is believed that this was a final act of heroism on her part to warn the teachers and students of what was to come. george? i'm here with monsenior robert weiss. i know you spent a lot of time with the families in that firehouse. how are they doing? >> we went to their homes early this morning to confirm the death of their children. it was just horrible. the uncertainty, even though they knew in their hearts this was real. and the questions they were asking, the regrets they had. why did i send my child to school today? and the parents are sharing the last moments they had with their children. one of the dads shared how for some reason the child got up early and just came down and told the father how much she loved him. and another one said just the
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day before, the child asked him, what is dying like? so, parents are going through a tremendous amount of pain and hurt, dealing with not just their personal loss, or what happened to their child in the last moments of their life. >> and they found out for sure only early this morning? >> early this morning. we were gathered until after midnight. and we were sent out with teams to go to the families of the victims. >> how do you console a mother like this? >> we met with people from our parish. it's just settling in now. the hurt and the anguish. and this part of their life is gone for them. >> and so many of these families are part of your parish. >> the number of these families are members of our parish community. >> so, you baptized these kids? >> i have baptized a couple of them. some of them went to our nursery school. some attend religion education at our parish, preparing for first holy communion. it's hard to believe that these
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little children are gone. >> when the families turn to you and say why? >> right. there's no answer to that question. this was not god's plan. that was a man who has serious issues in his life. why do you want to destroy innocent children? i can't figure out. that's the question that people ask at that time like this. and no answer comes back to them. >> monsignor, thank you for joining us this morning. we're grieving with you. >> i appreciate it. i'm so tired. just brutal. >> that was taped just before the show. elizabeth, you see there is so much pain in this community right now. >> so much pain. and thank goodness for people like that monsignor, who are helping these families. it's unbelievable to think what the parents are going through right now. this tragedy is reverberating
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around the country on social media. bianna golodryga has been tracking the latest. people are debating everything from possible motives from this madman to gun control. >> that's right. good morning, elizabeth. there's no way to prepare yourself for such a horrific tragedy. especially when the victims are the most innocent and precious members of our society. as americans begin the painful conversation, trying to make sense of all of this, many taking to social media sites like facebook and twitter. from sorrow to outrage to complete shock. this morning, the massacre in newtown, connecticut, is sparking an impassioned dialogue across the country. >> it's horrible that such evil exists. but that's the nature of the world we live in, i guess. ♪ how sweet the sound >> reporter: while americans clutched each other at candlelight vigils overnight, many celebrities took to social media to express their condolences. among them maya angelou, who tweeted, our country is
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grieving, each child who has been slaughtered belongs to each of us. and each slain adult is a member of our family. it is impossible to explain the horror to ourselves and to our survivors. we need to hold each other's hands and to look into each other's eyes and say, i am sorry. in the wake of this tragedy, the american conversation also turned to gun control. >> how many more kids have to die before you guys say we want less guns not more? >> reporter: also speaking out is astronaut mark kelly, whose own wife, former congresswoman, gabrielle giffords was criticalcritica critically wounded in a mass shooting two years ago. he posted on facebook, quote, the children of sandy hook elementary school and all victims of gun violence, deserve to have leaders who have the courage to engage in a meaningful conversation about gun laws. as a country, we can't wait. >> these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods. and these children are our children. >> reporter: and michael bloomberg, who has long been
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outspoken about the need for stricter gun control laws also issued a statement. saying, with all the carnage from gun violence in our country, it's almost impossible to believe that a mass shooting in a kindergarten class can happen. it's come to that. not even kindergartens learning their as, bs and cs, are safe. >> i'm sure this debate will continue. right now, of course, obviously, the focus on the morning. it is time, now, for the weather. we're going to take a quick break from our coverage and check in with ginger zee. >> good morning, everyone. we start with a storm in the center of the nation. this is bringing rain and a rain/snow mix to parts of minnesota and north dakota. now, as it moves east, it will change the weather in the northeast, pretty significantly. nice first of the weekend, not as nice second hart of the weekend. more than 60% of our nation is still in drought. we haven't seen the end of this by any means. and a lot of people will be seeing a little bit of relief in the way of rain, east of the mississippi.
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also, the pacific northwest. >> and that is your nation's weather. let's head back out to george. >> okay, ginger. we have much more from newtown, connecticut, coming up. more details on the shooter, the family of the shooter and how do we talk to our own children about this tragedy at an elementary school? [ penélope ] i found the best cafe in the world.
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children, adults, as well. as i said, the deadliest grade school shooting ever in our history. and, elizabeth, so many people here having such a hard time coming to grips with this pain. >> it's unimaginable, george. i think every parent when they heard this story break, just was in shock. i felt, i know, physically sick to my stomach. a lot of other people felt the same way. and coming up in this half hour, we're going to weigh in with experts on how to talk to our kids about this tragedy, about the shootings. they will, of course, hear about that. it varies with the age. it varies with the child. but the experts have great advice. it's all important that we make our kids feel safe, even as they learn about this horrific massacre, in newtown, where you're standing, george. >> that's right. it's hard to figure out how to give them what they need to know. i'm here with dan harris, who has been here from the very beginning. we're going to learn all of the identities of the victims this morning. >> we're expecting that this morping in a press conference coming up. here's what we know at this
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point. we're seeing a massive investigation unfold. at the heart of this investigation right now is this question. why? what was the motive of the suspect, 20-year-old adam lanza? his rampage began with the murder of his mother here in newtown. he then stormed the sandy hook elementary school where he killed 20 children, many of them first graders and six adults. police say his mom had some sort of connection to the school. but it's unclear what. she may have worked there at some point. police tell us they've been interviewing people who know lanza. we know he used at least three weapons. three of them semiautomatic. one of them a rifle. overnight, police went and identified the bodies and notified the parents. this morning, they'll be releasing publicly the names of the dead as this town grieves and the entire country grieves with the people of newtown. george?
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>> the families, only learned early this morning, for sure, what happened. we go to abc's jim avila now. >> reporter: good morning, george. we're standing in front of, next to the home, where apparently this killing spree began. a troubled son, killing his mother. a woman that relatives say, was a mom who would have done anything to help her son if she knew he needed help. as newtown, connecticut, is still trying to make sense of this inexplicable shooting, new details are emerging on the lanza family. >> i remember them to be shy, quiet, well-behaved kids. >> reporter: 24-year-old ryan lanza, brother of adam, was taken into custody and questioned by authorities. but police say he is not suspected of being involved in the shooting. ryan worked at ernst & young in manhattan. investigators are looking at whether the 20-year-old shooter was carrying ryan's i.d. at the cause of the shooting, causing the initial misidentification.
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authorities told abc news, their mother, nancy lanza, was found fatally shot at their connecticut home. >> she raised very nice boys to me. that's why i think it's a shock to even know them and realize who they are. and what he did. >> reporter: state records indicate she was divorced from her husband in 2009. nancy and her ex-husband, peter lanza, were required to complete a parenting education program, necessary for divorced couples with children under 18. >> they say the fact that the parents were divorced must have contributed to it. >> reporter: the shooter's father, peter lanza, was a vice president at g.e. capital, and had been a partner at ernst & young. he is remarried and was questioned by authorities. but is not under any suspicious. the mother who lived here on this street, was -- had some connection to the school, we're told. but the superintendent said this morning that she was not officially employed there. she may have volunteered in some
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way. as for the father, they're divorced. he doesn't live here. he lives in stanford. and he apparently found out about the killing from a reporter who was in his driveway when he came home and informed him. >> thank you so much. the question goes to what would make a person do something like this? something so terrific to children so little. let's bring in psychiatrist dr. janet taylor to talk about the mind of the shooter. clearly, everybody understands this young man was mentally ill. but to pick children, young, young children, as his victims. i mean, that is about the worst thing you could do. what does that tell you about his motivation? about his stability or instability, obviously? >> certainly, there is an evil just heinous quality to it. and the fact is, it's impossible to predict who will be violent. but risk factors are, individuals who have been exposed to physical abuse, sexual abuse. if there's an underlying psychological impairment, which certainly he was described as
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odd and in the autism spectrum. if they have access to guns and weapons. and certainly, individuals who may have revenge in their mind. but who wants to hurt innocent children? >> obviously, there's a lot of people in this country that are autistic or haves asperger's syndrome and never commit a violent act. this young man, according to police, is shooting his mother at his home, and getting in the car with his weapons, driving to an elementary school, walking in and shooting kindergartners and first graders. >> i think the premeditative quality of it indicates a fact that you can be mentally ill. you can be psychotic and know right from among. and this case, i think he deliberately knew what he was doing. certainly, his underlying mental illness, presumably that he had, was not an excuse in any way for a what he did. >> the fact that the target was young children. does that give you any
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indication of perhaps he was trying to hurt something that meant something to his mother? >> i mean, presumably that would be the link. unfortunately, we will not know. but you have to think that the fact he killed his mother and then went and killed innocent children, maybe there's a link between his mother and the kids. or maybe he just felt like he was doing something so horrific that he would always be remembered. we won't know. at the end of the day, we have to pray for the families and understand that at some point, we will understand the motive. but it still will never be enough to bring the poor kids and adults who died back. >> the focus is on the families and the victims. let's check in for the weather and ginger zee this morning. >> there were three reported tornadoes in north texas and wind damage, too. those storms are going to eventually move east. but it's not going to be as strong today. if you're in this area from memphis, to jackson, new orleans, included there, you may have gusty winds, small hail.
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community. >> those children are going to need special care to make sure this event doesn't define them for the rest of their lives. unlike other young children, their parents are going to need to talk to them clear about what happened here. express their feelings. you want to make sure the children don't become tragedy celebrities. that this is all they're known for. as soon as you get them in normal routines, to pick them something fun to do. that's important. but professional grief counselors are going to be a big part of what these children experienced. >> i have a 7-year-old and a 10-year-old. my 7-year-old didn't know about it. didn't want to know about it. my 10-year-old had questions. how do you talk to them? >> it's great if you can shield your 7-year-old. for 10-year-olds, you want to listen to them. they need to see that you're sad but under control. it's okay to be angry and sad. but you're in control of those feels. and your 10-year-old is going to want to know from you that
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they're safe. that their world is going on. and the bad person has been caught and life goes on. >> rich, thanks very much. let's go back to elizabeth with dr. jen ashton. >> that's right, george. i was wondering about the fact that my kids don't yet know about this. a lot of kids don't. we're keeping the tv off. at some point, the school psychologist said don't bring it up if they don't ask about it. is thatting the right thing to do? >> i think the chances of them not hearing about it in some fashion are slim to none. i got a notice from my children's school, as well, about plans they will take at the school on monday. it's important for parents to remember that how they deal with their children, has to be based on age. the conversation you have with a 5-year-old is very different than a conversation you have with a 15-year-old. it's also important to remember that there may be a spectrum of reactions from children who were not at the scene. it might be mild. it might be severe. and it might be delayed. it might not appear right away. >> it's important to stay calm
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when you talk with your child. and to reassure them, that even though we can't tell them you will absolutely be safe at school, say it anyway. guarantee them. >> that's key. you want to keep the honest communication open. you want to ask them questions. but you also want to listen. and i think it can't be emphasized enough that this is a perfect example where recruiting the assistance of trained mental health professionals is vitally important. kids sometimes can't ask for help. but adults can. >> dr. ashton, thanks for your advice. we're back to george in just a moment. capella university rough economic times ds have led to an increase in clinical depression. drug and alcohol abuse is up. and those dealing with grief don't have access to the professional help they need. when you see these issues, do you want to walk away or step up? with a degree in the field of counseling or psychology from capella university, you'll have the knowledge to make
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after 27 dead in the worst shooting ever at an elementary school. i'm george stephanopoulos, joined here by my "gma weekend" colleague, dan harris. and, dan, you drive up here. it's the definition of rural connecticut. we ask this question. how could it happen in a place like this? >> every time we rush in to cover the aftermath of one of these mass shootings, we hear people saying, how could it happen to us? and ever has that question rung so true as here. newtown is a classic, small, sleepy new england hamlet. home to fewer than 30,000 people, 60 miles north of new york city. founded in 1705, it played a role in the revolutionary war and the underground railroad. this is the place where the game scrabble was invented, where the town's symbol is a rooster. where people move for safety and schools. >> people come to newtown for the schools. the husbands will sacrifice the
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commute just to come to newtown because it's a little bit farther than anywhere else. >> reporter: this beautiful, bucolic spot is a strange, surreal backdrop for tactical teams in full body armor, with long guns drawn. >> really? here in newtown? this small town. you read about this everywhere else but here. and it's heart wrenching for the children. for the parents and grandparents and everybody. >> reporter: it feels like a dream and a bad dream. >> it's a nightmare. >> reporter: as reality sinks in here, the feeling of one foloca describes as magical insulation, has been shattered. >> they keep saying on the tv, newtown's such a nice town. it doesn't matter. nice town, not a nice town. it could happen anywhere. >> on a personal note, i used to
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>> evil visited this community. each parent, each sibling, each member of the family has to understand that connecticut we are all in this together. >> the tight knit connecticut town of newtown is mourning today after one of the dead list school shootings in u.s. history. last night members of the community

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